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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
XI. Fancy in Nubibus
By Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)
 
(Composed by the sea-side, October, 1817)

O, IT is pleasant, with a heart at ease,
  Just after sunset, or by moonlight skies,
To make the shifting clouds be what you please,
  Or let the easily persuaded eyes
Own each quaint likeness issuing from the mould        5
  Of a friend’s fancy; or with head bent low,
And cheek aslant, see rivers flow of gold
  ’Twixt crimson banks; and then, a traveller, go
From mount to mount, through CLOUDLAND, gorgeous land!
  Or listening to the tide, with closéd sight,        10
Be that blind bard, who on the Chian strand
  By those deep sounds possessed, with inward light
Beheld the Iliad and the Odyssee
Rise to the swelling of the voiceful sea. 1
 
Note 1. This sonnet is very characteristic of the rich indolence of the author’s temperament. The very toning of the rhymes is as careless as the mood in which he is indulging. [back]
 
 
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